Saturday, August 23, 2008

Subterranean Vacation III: Underground worlds of Guizhou

While in Chine a couple of months ago,
I picked up a cute book on caves from a random flea marketI always thought caves should be multi-colored
underground lakes
apparently aphitheaters
All the photos have elaborate captions,
but this one is just "Guanghan Palace"
and Lingxiao Palace
attack of the shitty stalagmites?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Fine tuning

I wasn't entirely happy with the recent update on so we re-did it yet again, filling in some recent projects, though more are to come.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Another World

Its' a slow hot Sunday
I've been browsing the Domus back issues again,
here's club L'Altro Mondo, designed by Derossi and Ceretti in Rimini, in Domus January 68

Friday, August 08, 2008

Naxos Observations

We missed all the caves in Naxos, but we saw a huge ancient door

that when you pass through,
you find yourself where you were

up on a mountain there were some runaway rocks
a building made of plastic and tires
a marble explosion
whose scale we only realized when we got closer
(look for the trucks)
some funny formations
Aristides' Pink and Silver tower
a Hellenistic Round tower
which was hollow insideand sometimes dangerous

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Subterranean Holiday II : Irakleia

We had to walk (and climb!) for an hour and a half in the blistering heat to get to the super-spooky Irakleia cave,
apparently the largest cave in the Aegean...
when we asked the locals how big the cave is, they said they dont now, because nobody has reached the end
or maybe nobody came back?
there were spots to light candles, and as we walked we lit them to find our way back
all you could see was darkness
I had to keep taking pictures with flash to see where we were going
finally it was too spooky and we went back out

Monday, August 04, 2008

Subterranean Holiday I : Antiparos

We had been to Antiparos a few times, and had passed by a sign indicating the way to the"cave", though we always passed it by. This time we decided to visit

when you enter the stalagmites and stalactites look great,
and everything is lit with a quasi yellow light..
then the cave looks like it continues forever
(the stainless steel railing is unfortunately very Dubai airport)
and suddenly opens up to huge vertigenous underground halls

and you pass these great caves and the path continues further down

and you realize that you are in an incredible underground masterpiece

Sylvia posedthen everybody posed
(Sylvia, Mari, Angelo, me, Ilias)
ancient graffiti

the scale of the place is hard to describe
the rooms are endless
Angelo thought he was seeing ghosts everywhere

when we went back up,
I though I heard screams and went back to check